What materials are compatible with pad print decoration?

Pad Print Compatibility

What materials are compatible with pad print decoration?

There is a wide range of different materials that are compatible with pad print decoration.

Is pad printing really mostly for decorating plastics?

This is a common misconception. Though pad print decoration is often associated with the decoration of various types of plastic, a wide range of different materials can be effectively decorated with pad print equipment.

In addition to being compatible with plastic decoration, pad printing can also be applied on aluminum, regular or coated steal, ceramics, sandstone, glass and natural or painted wood.

What materials do the experts at Trans Tech have expertise with?

Experts in the Trans Tech Ink Lab are familiar with ink formulation requirements for printing on a wide variety of surfaces including:

  • Acrylics
  • Ceramics & glass
  • Coated or painted parts
  • Formica
  • Leather
  • Rubber
  • Phenolics
  • Polycarbonate
  • Polyester
  • Polyolefins
  • Polystyrene
  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)


  • Surlyn
  • Thermoplastic
  • Thermoset Plastic
  • Urethanes
  • Various metals
  • Wood

How do I select the best pad printing ink for my product?

Pad Printing Color MatchingIt is essential to select the right pad printing ink for your unique project. Inks are formulated for ahesion and superior performance on specific materials or substrates. An expert from the Trans Tech Ink Lab can help you identify the best ink for your product based on a wide range factors.

What factors are taken into consideration when selecting a pad printing ink?

Experts in the Trans Tech Ink Lab can identify the best formulation for your decorating needs after considering a wide number of factors, including:

  • Substrate
  • Industry
  • Color
  • Ink type (1 or 2 component or UV)
  • Needed capabilities
  • Adhesion requirements
  • Abrasion requirements
  • Opacity
  • Printing speed
  • Need for pretreatments
  • Desired number of prints

What types of recommendations will pad print ink experts provide?

In addition to identifying the ink best suited for optimal performance on your substrate, the experts at the Trans Tech Ink Lab can provide recommendations to ensure a highly repeatable, durable print. Depending on your substrate, art, and product use requirements- they may recommend the use of pad print ink additives like thinner, hardener, adhesion promoters, or retarders. They may also recommend the use of pre- or post-treatments for superior ink adhesion.

Does Trans Tech have an ink compatible with my product?

Trans Tech is proud to be the market-leader in three key areas related to pad print ink.

First – Our inks are widely considered to be the most durable available in the market today. Our deep expertise in the entire pad printing process– including machines, supplies and services– allows us to engineer ink with standout durability.

Second- Trans Tech has the largest ink warehouse in North America. Our wide selection of pad printing inks truly allows Trans Tech to stand out as a leader.

Finally- The experts in Trans Tech´s Ink Lab combine industry-leading expertise with cutting edge technology to provide superior ink-related support services.

We can take a look at each of these elements in more detail.

How many types of pad print ink does Trans Tech provide?

Trans Tech offers a market-leading range of standard pad print inks. In fact we offer:
*INK LINES: 30 different standard ink lines, 7 of which are widely used in North America.
*STANDARD COLORS: 28 available standard colors
*MIX COLORS: 12 C-Mix colors for simplified color matching in many ink lines
*OPTIONS: Both metallic and process colors.


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